CVs, Applications & Cover Letters

CV, Applications  & Cover Letters Submitting your CV, applications and cover letters is paramount for getting the best chance of getting the job. Take a look below for help with these three salient documents.

It is estimated that an employer takes, on average, 30 seconds to read a CV. To make a positive first impression, you need a CV and covering letter that is focused, well written and customised to the position you are applying for.

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Once you have drafted your CV or covering letter you can get it checked out by a Careers Adviser. Make sure you watch or read the guides below before booking an appointment. Details on how to make an appointment or get feedback by e-mail can be found in the contact us page.

Example CVs

The USW Careers guide to CVs.
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These examples will give you ideas on how to format your CV and the different styles and approaches you can take:

Take a look at our Pinterest page with examples of creative CVs.
(Please note these are re-pinned CVs from other sources)

Online CVs

Online CVs or portfolios are becoming increasingly the norm in the working environment. It is a good idea to develop an e-portfolio while you are studying, or begin using sites such as Linkedin so that they are of a high standard when you graduate. Our guide, Build your Linkedin profile, takes you through how to build your profile to get the most out of Linkedin.

Video CVs

Although these are not very common in the workplace, they are becoming more so. Certain industries are more likely to suit this type of CV such as presenting, media and multimedia. If you are thinking of creating a video CV, do so with caution, if it doesn’t look professional it’s probably not worth it. Take a look at the following before you create a video CV:

How to look good on webcam – Gives you visual tips if you are going to create a Video CV of yourself.
How to make a Video CV – Gives you advice on when to use a video CV and how to go about it.

Example Video CVs:

Interactive CV
Creative CV

Whether completing paper or on-line applications, preparation is the key. Before starting the application it is essential to be clear about the selection criteria and what the employer is looking for.

You need to stand out from the crowd with only limited space to sell yourself. Make it easy for the employer to see how you match the requirements of the job.

Your Guide to Making Applications
A checklist of useful tips on how to tackle applications.

If you want to get your draft application checked out, or would like some advice on how to tackle those ‘difficult’ questions, make an appointment with a Careers Adviser

Application Related Links

To be really successful in the job market you need to know what employers will be looking for in the selection process.

Promoting your Skills in Job Applications

S.T.A.R. Technique S.T.A.R. Technique – Learn how to market your skills effectively

S.T.A.R. Technique on Employability Tools – To make the most of your interview, you need to provide good answers. The S.T.A.R technique is a structured method of answering interview questions with the information the interviewer is looking for.

Covering Letters Related Links

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